New TED Book asks: can changing how we teach make our kids smarter, more creative?

This is a very interesting blog. I like the theory and (working at a college) can see where the application of this learning method would be tremendously beneficial for college students. Let alone anyone who is not in school. Even children who are home-schooled have a varying set of criteria to follow. They (home-schooled children) are expected to be on par with other children in their age range. Lets all start thinking about the BEST way to teach people rather than the Easiest/Typical ways.

TED Blog

Ten years ago, educator Sugata Mitra and his colleagues cracked open a hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed a networked PC, and left it there for the local children to freely explore. What they quickly saw in their ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiment was that kids from one of the most desperately poor areas of the world could, without instruction, quickly learn how the PC operated. The children also freely collaborated, exploring the world of high-tech online connectivity with ease. The experiment (which provided the inspiration for the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire) was the dawning of Mitra’s introduction to self-organized learning, and it would shape the next decade of his research. Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning is an important update to Mitra’s groundbreaking work, and offers new research and ideas that show how self-directed learning can…

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I am enrolled in college again! I am just enrolled in Yoga, however I do need a second PE for any degree and I have wanted to take Yoga for a really long time. Besides I am scheduling time in my evening for school. Baby steps. I learned from my first time in college that if I am not interested, I won’t finish. This time around I am going to keep myself interested. Starting with Yoga this spring and adding an actual class or two this summer. It has been almost 10 years since I quit. Kinda crazy that it has taken me this long to be interested enough in going back, to actually start again. My major has changed radically, from Pre-pharmacy to Libral Arts with a basis in history. I think that’s what I will come out with right now!